Study for Obedience

Study for Obedience

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 06/07/2023
In stock
Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days
Make and edit your lists in your account
Check click & collect stock near you
Collect today: Pay in shop

Bookseller Reviews

View all
Study for Obedience
A wonderfully baffling book, all atmosphere and nuance, leaving precious little to grip on to. I adore the vagueness of it, the ethereality. It’s a shadow ... READ MORE
John - Glasgow Silverburn
Study for Obedience
Consuming and captivating
A beautiful look into being othered. Full of language that appears impenetrable but actually aids in the portrayal of an interal dialog and perception of o... READ MORE


A powerful, compressed masterwork for fans of Shirley Jackson and Claire-Louise Bennett A woman moves from the place of her birth to a remote northern country to be housekeeper to her brother, whose wife has just left him. The youngest child of many siblings - more than she cares to remember - from earliest childhood she has attended to their every desire, smoothed away the slightest discomfort with perfect obedience, with the highest degree of devotion. The country, it transpires, is the country of their family's ancestors, an obscure though reviled people. Soon after she arrives, a series of unfortunate events occurs - collective bovine hysteria; the demise of a ewe and her nearly-born lamb; a local dog's phantom pregnancy; the containment of domestic fowl; a potato blight. She notices that the local suspicion about incomers in general seems to be directed particularly in her case. What is clear is that she is being accused of wrongdoing, but in a language she cannot understand and so cannot address. And however diligently and silently she toils in service of the community, still she feels their hostility growing, pressing at the edges of her brother's property. Inside the house, although she tends to her brother and his home with the utmost care and attention, he too begins to fall ill...

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781783789931
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm

Customer Reviews

View all
Study for Obedience
A contemplative curiosity.
A woman travels to an unnamed country to keep house for, and serve, her older brother who is a successful man of some standing in the small community. She ... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond